Origin of oak
Examples from the Web for oaks
At one community fair, in Thousand Oaks, Ruby met a man, a wrestler, who would become her next husband.
A listener from Thousand Oaks put me in touch with the Dachshund rescue center where I adopted Lisa-Marie.Here's How Kevin James Would Make Los Angeles Better for Animals|Justin Green|February 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Now we paralleled the river, beyond whose far edge grew many slender-trunked nara trees; apparently they were Japanese oaks.
It would be the first time an Oaks and Derby winner would face off in the Preakness.
Trees in abundance were growing about, some of which were oaks.Wild Wales|George Borrow
On the hillsides a dense wood of oaks was topped by dark pines on the higher part of the ridge.Palestine|Claude Reignier Conder
Dantzic, Rigi, and some other European oaks take names from port of shipment.The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties|Charles H. (Charles Henry) Snow
The adults were at the time resting in the sun on the dried fruits of the rose and also on the moss which covered the oaks.
A gentle breeze is whispering in a near-by clump of oaks and elms—an untouched bit of the original forest.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for oaks (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for Oaks
British Dictionary definitions for oaks (2 of 2)
- the wood of any of these trees, used esp as building timber and for making furniture
- (as modifier)an oak table
- anything made of oak, esp a heavy outer door to a set of rooms in an Oxford or Cambridge college
- sport one's oak to shut this door as a sign one does not want visitors
Word Origin for oak
Word Origin and History for oaks
Old English ac "oak tree," from Proto-Germanic *aiks (cf. Old Norse eik, Old Saxon and Old Frisian ek, Middle Dutch eike, Dutch eik, Old High German eih, German Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic.
The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English tree. Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.